Shamber Flore spent her early childhood in the roughest parts of town. She was exposed to gangs, prostitution, and drugs all before kindergarten.
Stephanie Curry and her twin sister Jacqueline were born prematurely in a Los Angeles hospital, each weighing less than two pounds. Their birth mother—who disappeared shortly after giving birth—struggled with drug use and left the two small babies addicted to cocaine.
But neither Shamber’s nor Stephanie’s stories were over. Both girls were adopted into loving homes through faith-based adoption providers and are now adults advocating for children in circumstances similar to their childhoods.
Not every child is so lucky.
There are over 400,000 children in need of families in the United States. Many of them will age out of the foster care system once they turn 18 and will never know what it is like to have a stable and supportive family.
You would think that lawmakers across the country would rush to use every resource at their disposal to ensure that every one of these children finds a home. But unfortunately, many lawmakers are putting a political agenda ahead of the needs of the most vulnerable in our society.
Instead of partnering with the maximum number of adoption and foster care providers, many state and local governments are forcing faith-based providers out of business. The reason? Because these providers operate according to their faith and the belief that the best possible situation for a child is in a loving, stable household with a mom and a dad.
It does not seem to matter that some of these faith-based providers are the top adoption providers in that city or state. Nor does it seem to matter that, in all of these cases, there are plenty of other providers who work regularly with same-sex couples. All that matters is that these faith-based providers will not bend the knee to the progressive agenda on same-sex marriage. And because of that, some lawmakers cut ties with these providers, in some cases losing the hundreds of loving homes that these services would have provided.
This is why Keep Kids First was formed.
Keep Kids First is a coalition of organizations dedicated to standing with faith-based adoption and foster care providers to ensure that every child has the opportunity to find a loving home. When faith-based providers are forced to shut down because of their beliefs, it is the children longing to find a family who lose.
Children like Shamber and Stephanie come from unimaginable circumstances of neglect, abuse, and abandonment. They desperately need a family to care for them. It is the children who have the most at stake in this debate. Yet, they have been treated as an afterthought by those who would rather prioritize activism over the needs of the most vulnerable.
Keep Kids First exists for them. After all, the only reason for an adoption provider to shut its doors is because every child has found a loving home.